Maaaaaaaaaan, you have no idea how excited I was to have these freegums/AlvaroIlizarbe shirts to arrive in the mail. AND AS PROMISED (and we know how bad I can be at keeping promises on this blog), I shall show you how they fit and feel.
To recap, freegums is this Miami-based artist who is moving to LA and hence is holding this craaaazy tshirt sale to clean out his inventory. He’s also my latest internet-based crush. And, like discussed in a previous blog, these crushes are as lame as they are earnest, which kind of holds a charm in and of itself. What, no? Anyway, here is a taste:
How random, he’s Peruvian and I’m about to galavant about his motherland. Go figure!
Also, apologies in advance — I won’t be linking or crediting photos the way I do in other posts because I’m trying to get this done as quickly as possible, since I really need to start packing my schizznazz for Peru. (ALICE IN THE PRESENT-PAST.) Though, by the time you read this, ALICE IN THE FUTURE-PRESENT will probably have already arrived in Cusco be hiking/camping out on a bodacious mountain with some donkeys, guides and strangers/friends. Imagine me sending you imaginary pictures of a sky so incredibly blue and clouds so incredibly god-like that they appear to have been photoshopped. >__<
Anyway, here are the shirts I got. Unisexy in XS, Womens in SM.
Incredible, incredible prints. The black-and-white ones were printed front-and-back and the printers had taken special care that the design would continue unbroken, even as they passed over the seams. Buh, I should’ve taken a picture to illustrate my point, but hopefully you know what I mean. Like, when a print is super wild and super cheap, you’ll notice a huge gap or weird break in the print once it reaches the seam of a purse, skirt, dress or shirt. With these shirts, that’s none to worry.
Also, for those of you who have not met me in person, my sense of style is exuberantly eclectic. That’s a euphemism for 5-year-old-circus-hipster-playing-dress-up. At my happiest. And when I’m trying to be professional or feel particularly unattractive and dull, I tend to slip on something fairly normal-looking. Ahahaha. You’ll very quickly be able to track my moods and whether or not I had enough time to dress myself by what it is that I’m wearing.
So these shirts made me kerrrrrrrrrrrazy happy! So happy, in fact, that I was inspired to do something I hadn’t done since I was on Myspace in 2007: do a faux-fashion post.
I shall never pretend to be as savvy about style and fashion as the common everyday fashion blogger. I’m no Susie Bubble, Man Repeller, Coco’s Tea Party or that hapa chick from San Diego who landed a contract to model for Forever 21 once she hit it big. Sorry, her name escapes me. But she liked to pose a lot with running one hand in her hair.
So puh-leeez don’t think that I think I’m some authority on style. I like what I like. Haphazardly.
But before we continue, I do want to say that I quite enjoyed how freegums/Alvaro Ilizarbe packaged everything to go. To illustrate my point, here are the goods.
Were I all 18 again and emo, I would totally have this taped up on the inside of my locker.
So you definitely get more than just the shirts. I really appreciated the little booklet of his latest works, the charming FREEGUMS stickers, the adoraburr high school foto and the beat tape. I love artists and musicians who package their merchandise with a little bit of fan service. It’s the winning touch in my book.
So, like I mentioned, back in 2006-7 I used to occasionally blog about celebrity gossip (back when Pink Is The New Blog was just out and ONTD was just getting its legs), take pictures of my food and take photos of my particularly adventuresome outfits. I don’t know why I did those things. I guess I just couldn’t help myself. If I saw, heard or ate something that struck me as amazing, I had to snap a picture and put it up.
Anyway, receiving this package in the mail kind of brought back a sense of digital nostalgia.
So this is my kickback to 2006/7, my cheers to my early 20s. So enjoy it or avert your eyes. Your choice. You’ve been warned!
And… for a little mood music…
The shirts are thicker than they are thin, so not the MOST layer-friendly items if you wanted to go heavy with the vests, cardigans and tucking-into-the-waistband all at once. But they do come fairly fitted, so they very easily can mix and match with a lot of different colors, prints, cuts, shapes and textures.
A part of me’s even tempted to going at one of the shirts with a pair of scissors to make a nice crop top for the summer, as sacrilegious as that might sound. It’s probably tantamount to dumping ketchup on a plate of fries — erm pomme frites anointed with aged llama fat by Daniel Boulud.
Sorry to the bruh-dudes. This was probably not what you were expecting or hoping for while I was off on “vacation”. No worries. Once I get back, I’ll be sure to inject my posts with so much AXE, high-octane energy drink, super-fresh kicks and gizmos that you’ll forget for a moment that this blog is written under the hands of a girl.
Love and tacos,